Following the recent success of the 208 supermini, Peugeot will in 2013 turn its attention to the production-ready 2008 crossover in their efforts to boost their fortunes further.
Further enhancing Peugeot’s strategy of enhancing its crossover range to attract new customers, the 2008 is a truly global car.
Based on the Peugeot 208 hatchback, the 2008 enters a particular sector of the current crossover market where other cars deliver a similar-sized model or are planning to launch such an example later this year.
The 2008 is intended for young city-dwellers who love the urban environment but also enjoy escaping from it at every opportunity.
In keeping with the dynamism of its profiled silhouette, power comes from the latest generation of low fuel consumption Peugeot engines. With e-HDi diesel and three-cylinder petrol technology, Peugeot’s urban crossover delivers CO2 emissions starting at a meagre 98g/km, while the maximum fuel economy can be as high as 61.8mpg.
These figures are what you can achieve when using the 92bhp 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel engine with stop-start technology. Other petrol and diesel engines are on offer for the 2008 with outputs ranging 68bhp to 130bhp.
The Design Manager for the Peugeot 2008, Eric Dejou, has commented: “Creating the 2008 was a great challenge but we had a very precise idea of the vehicle that we wanted to offer customers. The style brought to life in an early phase did not require any major modifications up until production. The very first sketch was perfect”.
The 2008 takes the existing trademark family face for the current Peugeot range, but like the 208 before it adds a more interesting twist.
The floating grille is cut from a solid block and set upright to create a powerful and dominant design cue. The sculpted headlamps with LED daytime running lights blend seamlessly into the nose.
From the side, the car presents a dynamic yet elegant profile enhanced by the roof bars which hint at the car’s practicality and versatility. At the rear, the wide tailgate and low loading lip, just 60cm off the ground, mean exceptional ease of use.
Complimenting this elevated driving position, 2008 has many other attractive features; stylish matt-finished alloy wheels, black bumpers and body sills, stainless steel front and rear scuff-plates and chromed side mouldings are the perfect blend of practicality and style.
Measuring 4.16 metres long and 1.74 metres wide, the Peugeot 2008 brings together the robustness of an SUV with the practicality of space, comfort and modularity displayed in Peugeot’s existing passenger cars.
Inside the interior of the Peugeot 2008 provides the driver and passengers with a spacious and flexible cabin, with a cockpit-style instrument panel and aircraft-type handbrake. A smart satin chrome finish to the air vents, handbrake lever, steering wheel, gear lever and touch-screen trims all add to the level of luxury and create a genuinely premium feel.
The wheelbase of 2.54 metres means generous space for every occupant of the 2008, while the ergonomically thinner seat backs mean it’s particularly roomy for rear passengers, who also benefit from a 12v power socket for the connection of a portable device and can even access the boot when the vehicle is moving.
Folding the 60:40 split rear seats boosts storage volume from 360 to 1,194 litres, of which 22 litres are under the floor. One press of the button at the top of the rear seat back is all it takes to fold the seat, as the base cushion retracts automatically.
The boot is exceptionally spacious considering the car’s compact dimensions. The floor comes with five recessed rails which run from the sill to the front seat backs. Six chromed hooks allow items to be secured safely. There is a storage area on each side, with a retaining strap and net.
Some of the intriguing driving features on the Peugeot 2008 include the Grip Control function, first seen on the Peugeot 3008. This technology optimises traction in low-grip conditions by electronically reading and adapting to the local terrain and conditions.
The Grip Control offers different settings for a variety of different types of roads. The setting names include Standard, Snow, Off-Road, Sand and ESP Off. The final setting mentioned will turn off the 2008’s Electronic Stability Programme which is provided as standard.
Other gadgets found on the all-new Peugeot 2008 will include a Park Assist, which uses ultrasound to measure an empty space then controls the steering to position the vehicle perfectly.
Cruise control with speed limiter is also standard on all versions of the 2008, along with six airbags – two at the front, two at the side and two curtain airbags.
Order books for the Peugeot 2008 open at UK dealerships in May and it is officially on sale later in the summer.
Current Peugeot models are available for test drives and purchases now at your nearest local Perrys Peugeot Dealership.